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New Tennessee State Park Announced | Nashville News

Tennessee Govenor Bill Haslam, along with other state officials, announced Tuesday the creation of a new state park.

The new park will come out of the Rocky Fork tract of land, located in Unicoi County about 30 miles from Johnson City in northeast Tennessee. Rocky Fork Park will add 2,000 acres to Tennessee state park system. An additional 8,000 acres of surrounding park will  be managed as a national forest by the U.S. Forest Service.

Early plans for the park, which includes 16 miles of trout streams, include picnic areas, a privative campground and trails. The land is a popular hunting area of black bear, turkey, deer and grouse. It is also home to endangered species such as the peregrine falcon.

The overall project cost approximately $40 million, with Tennessee committing about $6 million. The Conservation Fund helped purchase the land.

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